LSU veterinary students and alumni pursue advanced training

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2019

 

BATON ROUGE—Veterinary students and clinicians who wish to specialize in a particular area and become board certified must participate in the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). The American Association of Veterinary Clinicians sponsors the VIRMP to expedite the selection of interns and residents for participating veterinary schools, colleges, and institutions.

Congratulations to the following students, House Officers (our hospital interns and residents) and alumni who were successful in obtaining an internship through the VIRMP. They are listed alphabetically with their graduation year, hometown and the location of their internship or residency:

  • Alexis Allen (Class of 2019), from Kenner, La., will enter the Tulane University Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program at the Tulane National Primate Research Center;
  • Rebecca Aust (Class of 2019), from Orlando, Fla., will begin a laboratory animal residency at the University of Pennsylvania;
  • Kelsey Bailey, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Shreveport, La., will begin a small animal ophthalmology internship at MedVet Columbus;
  • Morgan Biggo, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Biloxi, Miss., will begin a small animal surgical internship at VCA Animal Specialty & Emergency Center;
  • Carolyn Blank (Class of 2019), from New Orleans, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee;
  • Mary Bollman (Class of 2019), from New Orleans, La., will begin rotating small animal internship at VCA Shoreling & VCA Norwalk Veterinary Referral and Emergency Centers;
  • Katelyn Briscoe (Class of 2019), from Ragley, La., will begin a mixed animal internship at The Animal Center;
  • Sarah Camlic (Class of 2019), from Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., will begin a small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at Bluepearl Veterinary Partners Florida;
  • Currie Carothers (Class of 2019), from Birmingham, Ala., will begin an avian/exotic animal private practice internship at Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services;
  • Jenna Charles (Class of 2019), from Mandeville, La., will begin a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Bluepearl Veterinary Partners New York;
  • Jenna Collins (Class of 2019), from Houma, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at MedVet New Orleans;
  • Danielle DiLevo (Class of 2019), from West Islip, N.Y., will begin a small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island;
  • Emily Courville (Class of 2019), from Rayne, La., will begin a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Christian Folk, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Baton Rouge, La., will begin a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego;
  • Kelly Jeffers (Class of 2019), from Lake Charles, La., will begin a laboratory animal residency at the LSU SVM;
  • Jiaqi Li, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Junan Town, Guangdong Province, China, will begin an oncology internship at Auburn University;
  • David Mahoney, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Metairie, La., will begin a theriogenology residency at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Caitlin Malik, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Ponchatoula, La., will begin a large animal medicine residency at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Michael Minaldi (Class of 2019), from Lake Charles, La., will begin a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Nashville Veterinary Specialists;
  • Amber Moses (Class of 2019), from Metairie, La., will begin a small animal clinical sciences internship at Texas A&M University;
  • Karla Fraga Papaleo (Class of 2019), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will begin a small animal rotating internship at Medvet New Orleans;
  • Elsie Phillips (Class of 2019), from Ticonderoga, N.Y., will begin an emergency focused rotating internship at Arizona Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Center;
  • Karen Ramirez Berrios (Class of 2019), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will begin a small animal rotating internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists;
  • Tiffany Sheldon, DVM (LSU SVM 2013), from Miami Beach, Fla., will begin a dermatology residency at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego;
  • Ani Sipos, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Abita Springs, La., will join the Minnesota Laboratory Animal Medicine Consortium at the Mayo Clinic;
  • Jill Thomason (Class of 2019), from Fayetteville, Ark., will begin a rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency at Friendship Hospital for Animals;
  • Caitlin Thorn, DVM (LSU SVM 2017), from West Plains, Mo., will begin an anesthesia residency at Michigan State University;
  • Maegan Watson, DVM (LSU SVM 2016), from Luling, La., will begin a radiation oncology residency at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Mallory Watson, DVM (LSU SVM 2017), from Luling, La., and the twin sister of Dr. Maegan Watson, will begin a small animal surgery residency at Angell Animal Medical Center; and
  • Whitney York-Giger, DVM (LSU SVM 2018), from Greensboro, N.C., will begin a small animal emergency and critical care residency at the LSU SVM.

The VIRMP follows principles established by the Physicians National Intern and Resident Matching Program and is structured on an established and functioning system. The prospective intern or resident chooses the school of his or her choice and, because of the marked competition for positions, the student is advised to apply to more than one institution. The student fulfills the application criteria of each institution and submits his/her applications directly to the institutions. The institution, through its selection process, ranks the applicants according to its criteria.

Some internships and residencies are available outside of the VIRMP. Congratulations to the following students, House Officers and alumni who received internships or residencies outside of the match program:

  • Alexandra Ford (Class of 2019), from Wilbraham, Mass., will begin an anatomic pathology residency at Kansas State University;
  • Joseph Kamper (Class of 2019), from Tempe, AZ, will begin a field care internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute;
  • Tanner Roberts (Class of 2019), from Benton, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at the LSU SVM;
  • Kayla Smith (Class of 2019), from Destrehan, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at VCS Shoreline and VCA Norwalk Veterinary Referral and Emergency Centers;
  • Amber Wallace (Class of 2019), from Houma, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at MedVet New Orleans.

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the United States and the only one in Louisiana. Our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, service and research. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.

 

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